If you’ve seen my Ultimate Synergy guide, or Synergy on a budget posts, you’ll know I’m a Citrix Synergy regular (and iForum before it became Synergy) so I though I’d share my planned agenda with you in advance. I’ll probably refer back to this myself to ensure I’m not missing a key session that I had planned to attend!
I’ve published this Ultimate Synergy Survival guide now for three years running and it’s always popular with both regulars and newbies. Now updated with 2015 links, content and Orlando-specific information. It’s a living document, so will be subject to updates as we get nearer the conference.
Hope you find it useful!
The main changes are that bigger discounts on SRP are now offered to partners who classify under one of four new Citrix Specialist tracks:
- Mobility Management
- Networking for data centre
- Networking for App and mobile security
Citrix are also throwing in a number of ancillary benefits:
- Increased competitive differentiation
- Incremental Specialist discounts and rewards
- Increased profitability with short ROI
- Recognition for technical expertise via Citrix endorsement
- Strengthened trust and engagement with Citrix sales team
All sounds great right? Anyone who relies on Citrix for their business would be foolish not register. Indeed it does, until you start to dig into the entry requirements.
Being a teccie, I tend to accumulate lots of kit which invariably sits around gathering dust, so every so often I have a clear-out, and this is it!
HP ProLiant Microservers x 2 (new) These are brand new, in sealed boxes from an aborted project. Make ideal small home lab servers. The will run ESXi, XenServer or HyperV. I use one to run my home automation system. HP Proliant N36L MicroServer 1P (HP part number 633724-421) Form Factor: MicroServer Processor: AMD Athlon II Model NEO N36L (2 Core, 1.30GHz 1MB L2, 15W) L2 Cache: 2MB L2 Memory: 1024MB PC3-10600E UDIMMs DDR3 Memory Slots: 2 DIMM Slots Maximum Internal Memory: 8GB Number of Hard Drives Supported: (4)LFF SATA; non-hot plug Hard Disk Controller: Integrated 4 Port SATA RAID Standard Srorage Connection: Non-hot plug 3.5 Inch SATA Optical Drive: None Operating System: None Networking: (1) 1GbE NC107i 1 Port £99 ONO for collection or can post for £9.60 to most UK addresses. Dell Intel dual port PCI Gigabit NIC (new x 2) Part number 01P8D1 £20ONO
Crucial 2Gb DDR3 PC3-8500 Unbuffered ECC RAM modules (new x 8)
- Part number CT25672BA1067
- Form Factor: UDIMM
- Module Size: 2GB
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime
- Specs: DDR3 PC3-8500 • CL=7 • Unbuffered • ECC • DDR3-1066 • 1.5V • 256Meg x 72
- Suitable for use in the HP MicroServers above.
- £19 ONO
More stuff to be added soon. Contact me if you are interested in any of the above.
Citrix released the new version of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 on September 30th. It’s very much a point release, introducing some features that got removed from the architecture change from IMA in 6.5 to FMA in 7/7.5.
The full list of what’s new can be found on eDocs.
My top three feature picks
This is part seven of a series looking at XenApp 7.5 & 7.6.
Part one – What’s new, and installation
Part two – Configuring the first site
Part three – Preparing my XenApp template image
Part Four – Creating the machine catalog to give me a hosting platform
Part five – Creating the delivery group to publish apps and desktops to user
Part six – new policy filtering options available
For those familiar with the way Load Balancing works in XenApp 6.5, the changes in 7.5 are quite radical.
Gone are the load balancing policies one is used to. Also gone are the worker groups that we used to silo servers, for both application and server grouping, and to perform server fail-over between sites. Gone is the ability to have single global farms, and use zones to segregate our servers into data-centre sized groups with the ability to fail over one region to another.
Some of the topics raised in this post form part of a talk I’m giving at GeekSpeak Tonight at Synergy LA. If you’re a follower of the blog or follow me on twitter do stop and say hi!
Everything has changed. And not all in a good way. Let’s dig deeper
I’ll be repeating a talk I gave recently to Old Palace Whiftgift school careers fair on working in the IT field, about the kind of work I do as a Cloud Infrastructure Architect, my journey through education and university, and some of the pro and cons of working as an IT consultant.
Exact timings have yet to be announced, but you can register for the event here.